September 13, 2012

Field Report: Christ-centred Education & Gospel Transformation in Belize

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Joined by key ministry supporters and a number of former HANDS team participants, EduDeo Ministries hosted a special informal dessert reception featuring Ernest Betson, pastor of the Belize City-based Unity Presbyterian Church and St. Andrews Presbyterian
Church, Tuesday, September 11.

Welcomed by Executive Director Hank de Jong, Pastor Betson shared the compelling story of how Christ-centred education is bringing Gospel transformation to Belize City.  A Gospel
messenger of contagious joy, the Belizian church leader documented the development of Unity Presbyterian School in Belize City, personally thanking a number of HANDS team participants present for their efforts on the ground in helping construct a second level of classrooms to the Christ-centred school.

"I appreciate everything you are doing to help us," Pastor Betson exclaimed. 

"We love all of you because we know you are helping out of the love of God."

A spiritual and educational leader within the Presbyterian Church Schools of Belize (PCSB), Pastor Betson and wife Carolyn have played an instrumental role in the development of Unity Presbyterian School. Carolyn Betson is the principal of the 238-student PCSB school.

Joined by son David, a first year student at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario, Pastor Betson updated supporters on a number of current challenges and opportunities facing Christians schools in Belize.  Many PCSB schools are reaching children in communities where access to primary education is limited or not available.  

The special dessert evening featured a time of worship led by Pastor Betson as well as a time of fellowship around ice cream and freshly sliced Niagara peaches provided by the Fenwick-based DeVries Fruit Farm.  The evening concluded with a prayer of intercession for the Presbyterian churches and schools in Belize by Rev. Bernard De Jonge, Pastor Emeritus of First Christian Reformed Church in Guelph, Ontario, followed by trademark parting hugs from Pastor Betson.

Executive Director Hank de Jong was joined at the reception by HANDS Coordinator Tim Bootsma, Eastern Development Director Michael Zwiep, former Director of Ministry Rev. John Postuma, as well as a number of local board members.

One of four core international partners of EduDeo Ministries, the Presbyterian Church Schools of Belize (PCSB) are an indigenous association of Christian schools serving some of the most neglected children in the English-speaking Western Caribbean nation. PCSB schools have become a beacon of Gospel light in the local communities they serve, attracting students and families inside and outside the walls of the church.

Committed to a Biblically-integrated life and worldview, PCSB schools seek to bring Gospel transformation to the lives of children, families and communities across Belize through Christ-centred education.


Dec 13, 2013 at 4:24 am

I am a Kenyan citizen kisii regionkisii county am kindly requesting you to come and plant your church here in Kenya to serve many souls which are lost please brother God us given you gifts try to serve and let us notgrow weary while doing good for on deu season we shall reap if we do not lose heart we as the Kenyans people there are some places where people they dont know the word of god so we are needy let us not be forgotten the expectation of the poor in spirit shall not perish forever because the saints of god are in great fear eor god is with the generation of the righteous let us do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed that the man of the earth may oppress no more in the book proverbs 14: 21 it says he who despises his neighbor ` sins but he who has mercy on the poor happy is he.

I hope to hear from you soon

Yours faithfully

Pastor Robinson Nyabuto Ariga

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